I am feeling a little blue today, having just brought two of my boys back from visiting the dentist (ouch!) and a little funky, seeing as this is my first post to this blog in more than a few days/weeks/months!
Anyway, when feeling both blue & funky nothing matches the mood better than a funky blues! Here for your jamming pleasure is a groovy jam track, ... View Lesson
Many guitarists don't consider themselves singers. My long term advice: learn to sing! But if you want to be the band leader when you step to the stage at your local jam night, instrumentals will be your songs of choice. Fortunately, for blues guitarists there are lots of choices.
The Bluesbreakers album with Eric ... View Lesson
In Blues Guitar Soloing there is one chord change that makes up much of what you will play. This is the I-IV change (said 'one-four' change). Isolating and practicing over this progression will take your blues soloing to another level. This progression is actually the foundation of many rock and funk songs so you guys might want to tune in, as well.
To practice this change, ... View Lesson
I recently saw the movie "It Might Get Loud" featuring Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin), The Edge (U2) and Jack White (White Stripes/The Raconteurs). In the movie Jimmy Page digs through his mammoth vinyl collection and plays some favorite songs, one of which was Link Wray's "Rumble". This song was also famously featured in "Pulp Fiction". It is a classic instrumental and a real easy song, ... View Lesson
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In 1983, Stevie Ray Vaughan's debut album "Texas Flood" reintroduced blues guitar back into popular consciousness. The title track is a slow blues in G, much like the jam track from our earlier lesson
. While covering the entire song would be best tackled in private lessons, the intro alone is a cornucopia of classic blues triads, 6th chords, 9th chords and a great single-note ... View Lesson
A "slow blues" really lets blues guitarists showcase their soloing skill. The following smoky slow blues backing track in 12/8 time is similar to "Texas Flood" by Stevie Ray Vaughan or T-Bone Walker's "Stormy Monday". Just a standard 12-Bar Blues progression in the key of G, but with the added interest of a quick change to the IV chord (C7) in the second bar and ... View Lesson
Mauro Giuliani was a guitar virtuoso of the early 19th century and one of the first to provide instruction for this young instrument. His 120 Right Hand Studies are famous for working out various finger picking combinations. I find these studies useful not only for classical guitarists but also for folk, jazz or any other fingerstyle ... View Lesson
Full length Canon Rock Backing Tracks and looping Canon Rock jam tracks at original and slow tempos.
Hey guys! I have some private students working on 'Canon Rock' so here are some jam track resources for them and you.
The original JerryC full length backing tracking used by JerryC, FunTwo, MattRach, etc. is embedded below. You can download it to your computer here
(right click ... View Lesson
The video/tab mashup I made for 'Canon Rock' is a popular post here on GuitarTeacher and on my YouTube channel
. Because the song uses super-sonic sweep picking, rapid position shifts and string-burning alternate picking, I often get requests to slow it down. So to help us mere mortals work toward getting the chops of FunTwo or JerryC here is my original video tab lesson ... View Lesson
Boy Howdy! Today, for your six-string pleasure we have a cut-time, country jam track in the good 'ol country boy key of A major. It's just a simple I-IV-V progression but moves along at fast clip. Y'all give respect to those country and bluegrass players who can make the changes and get 'er done.
Country Guitar Jam Track - Key of A... View Lesson